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Fact:  In 1994 Ministry of Health Canada and the EPA in the United States made direct links between polluted indoor spaces and a variety of health problems. 

The EPA found that on average pollution indoors can be 6 to 10 times higher than the outside air in most cities.


Air Quality in Offices

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The indoor air quality in an office environment or in other words the air you breathe, will have a profound effect on your overall ability to work, concentrate and perform daily tasks.  Poor indoor air quality can lead to employee complaints as well excessive down-time and absenteeism.

Poor air quality can lead to odour complaints, allergic reactions and is one of the leading sources for employee dissatisfaction in the workplace.

We can show you easy and inexpensive ways to make any office a healthier place to work thereby decreasing employee complaints, decreasing absenteeism and increasing productivity. 

The cost of our indoor air quality assessments are quickly out weighed by increased employee satisfaction and productivity.

A few things to watch out for
when dealing with indoor air quality.

  1. Poor air flow or temperature variances within the office due to improperly balanced HVAC systems.
  2. Improperly managed humidity levels.
  3. Airborne Dust issues from poorly maintained vents or other sources within the building.
  4. Chemical off gassing (VOC's) from building materials or office contents.
  5. Inadequate ventilation for high occupancy areas due to mechanical or building issues.
  6. Carbon Monoxide (CO) or Carbon Dioxide (CO2) issues.
  7. Sewer gas issues leading to odour complaints.
  8. Water damage issues leading to odour complaints or mould growth damage.
  9. Mould spore issues leading to respiratory complaints.

Productivity and Less Sick Days

One of the most common problems associated with poor indoor air quality in the office is an increase in absenteeism, sick days, and a decrease in productivity. While some workplaces may have obvious problems with odors, dust, or chemical pollutants, poor indoor air quality in the office is often invisible, with nothing to suggest anything is wrong. Reducing or eliminating these contaminants can result in a marked increase in employee satisfaction and comfort, which in turn has a huge effect on their ability to work effectively. Stress can have a huge effect on both physical and mental health, and aggravating environmental triggers can exacerbate stress and lead to more frequent illness and sick days. Improving your indoor air quality in the office will help everyone to feel better and work better.

Types of Indoor Air Contaminants in The Workplace

Air quality in the office can be affected by any number of pollutants or problems caused by the building, or the products and things that we bring into the buildings.

Sick Building Syndrome (SBS) and Multiple Chemical Sensitivity (MCS) are gaining a lot of press recently for being the cause of, or exacerbating, poor air quality in offices across Canada. SBS is increasing as our homes and buildings become more air tight, which prevents contaminants from being flushed effectively, and can lead to problems with humidity, ventilation, and mold growth. MCS is caused by an increased sensitivity to chemicals found in our indoor environments, which in the office can be anything from your neighbour's perfume to floor polishes, cleaning products, and photocopier toners.

Other issues might be caused by the building itself. Poor indoor humidity and temperature control, an under maintained HVAC system, workplace overcrowding, windows that don't open, and excessive noise and lighting can all contribute to poor indoor air quality in the office.  These problems can then cause biological hazards like toxic mold growth in the walls, ceiling, or HVAC. Dust mites can proliferate in carpets and office furniture, and life threatening bacterial diseases, such as Legionnaire's, can proliferate when maintenance standards aren't met. Materials used in construction, like asbestos, carpeting, pest control sprays, solvents, and paints can also have a big effect on the quality of your office life.

Testing the indoor air quality at work can help you feel better, work better, and to create a better office environment for everyone. Get in touch with us at SafeAir today to learn more about indoor air quality in the office and how you can improve it. 

Our Indoor Air Quality Testing program can pin point your indoor air quality issues and provide easy to follow and concrete solutions to your air quality needs.

All our air quality assessments are confidential and include a complete report with detailed recommendations to solve any sick building issues.

See also Liability Issues for more information about indoor air quality in the workplace.

Call us today. We will be happy to discuss your indoor air quality issues with you
and provide you with an instant quote over the phone.

(416) 414-5690
Toronto and Surrounding Area